The Wild plays Thursday night in St. Louis and it will be the final chance for some to make an impression. Justin Fontaine will miss a couple weeks and definitely the Oct. 9 opener with a lower-body injury.
Teddy Bridgewater is listed as questionable for Thursday’s game against the Packers at Lambeau Field.
The Vikings rookie quarterback participated in practice for the first time Wednesday, though he was limited. Bridgewater said on Tuesday he planned to run for the first time since spraining the ankle in Sunday’s 41-28 against the Falcons. Until that point, the rookie has only done flexibility exercises during rehab.
If Bridgewater is unable to play, Christian Ponder would start. He got first team reps in Bridgewater’s absence this week at practice and finished Sunday’s game after Bridgewater suffered the injury.
Linebacker Chad Greenway will miss his second consecutive game because of a broken rib. He snapped a streak of 90 consecutive starts against the Falcons and did not practice with the quick turnaround against the Packers. Gerald Hodges will start in Greenway’s place once again.
Cornerbacks Captain Munnerlyn (illness) and Josh Robinson (hamstring) and running back Jerick McKinnon (ankle) were all full participants after being limited on Tuesday. They’re all listed as probable.
For the Packers, linebacker Clay Matthews (groin) is listed as probable after participating fully on Tuesday and Wednesday. Wide receiver Jarrett Boykin (groin) is listed as out, while linebacker Sam Barrington (hamstring) and defensive tackle Josh Boyd (knee) are doubtful.
Guard T.J. Lang (not injury related), linebacker/defensive end Mike Neal (hip) and linebacker Brad Jones (quad) are all listed as probable.
Pop sensation Lorde wrote her biggest hit, “Royals,” after seeing a picture of George Brett from 1976. This is a true fact. You can look it up. They have even had their picture taken together since.
Kansas City was one of MLB’s model franchises during much of Brett’s era, making the postseason seven times in 10 seasons between 1976 and 1985 — and winning the World Series in that final appearance.
It sounds a lot like the Twins’ run of six division titles in nine seasons from 2002-10 (minus the World Series, of course). And it is also a reminder that there are no guarantees of a swift return to prominence.
Kansas City waited 29 years before returning to the postseason, cracking the code this year with a Wild Card berth. What happened Tuesday night was nearly three decades in the making. The game could have turned out any number of ways, but the way it did finish — with comeback after comeback by the host Royals, including two runs in the bottom of the 12th after being taken to the brink in the top half by the A’s — seemed like it was the only natural way to end.
It was a thrilling, gripping game — very reminiscent of Game 163 between the Twins and Tigers in 2009. Yes, that was only five years ago. It feels like more, but really that was it. The Twins even made it back to the playoffs the next year, too.
Minnesota has a long way to go when it comes to feeling KC’s pain of playoff droughts. But when you’re on the downswing, as the Twins have been for the past four years, it can start to feel like forever pretty fast.
Lorde declares “we’ll never be royals” in her song, which is about something entirely different than baseball. At this point, we’re left to shift it to a question: Will the Twins ever be Royals — and if so, how soon?